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Postgraduate Research in Social Policy and Criminology

Prospective Students

We welcome applications in Social Policy and Criminology to study for an MPhil or PhD, as either a full-time campus-based student or a part-time student. We are particularly interested in proposals which fall within our existing research strengths. Information about our current research expertise here.

Please visit the staff profiles for further information on staff research supervision interests. You can also search Open Research Online for full details of staff research publications as a guide to the research interests of departmental staff.

Further information about Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences  can be found here.

We welcome enquiries so please get in touch with Professor Nicola Yeates, PostGraduate Convenor at:

Social Policy & Criminology PostGraduate Research students

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski: To what extent does education change the self-perception and identity of people in prison?

Angela Charles: Black Women's experieices in Prison through an intersectional lens.

Angela Collins: Women, Crime and Poverty in the early 21st Century.

Steve Conway: Understanding the Factors Contributing to the Absence of Gangs in Milton Keynes.

Amy Dean: "Real or Not Real"? Young people's understandings of pleasure, safe sex and healthy relationships.

Sarah Hadfield: The effects of precarious work on Youth transitions.

Evgenia Iliadou: Exploring everyday violence and harm in the lives of irregularised migrants.

Roe McDermott: A Feminist Project of Moving Into Failure  How Irish Women’s Experiences Of Travelling For Abortions Challenge Our Understanding of Citizenship, Gender and Failure.

Alois Nyanhete: The role of international mobile remittances in promoting financial inclusion and development: A Zimbabwean case study.

Chris Straker: Is restorative justice better served as a policy-led process or as a practitioner led process? A comparative study of England and New Zealand.

Completed PhD topics in Social Policy and Criminology include:

The trials, tribulations and celebrations of long-term, same-sex partner relationships.

Graphic Interrogation in Psychosocial Research: Deleuze AND Comics AND Middle-aged Men.

Organised Crime: An Ethnographic study, of the monitoring and disrupting of those designated as high-level ‘organised criminals’ within the Metropolitan Police.

Analysing understandings of 'rough sleeping': managing, becoming and being homeless.

The Globalization of Education Policy: the Diffusion of Lifelong Learning Models and the Role of International Organizations in Non-OECD Countries.

Analysing the construction of accountability in cases of death after police contact.

Critical Linkages: transnational living and prospects for private senders of money from Britain to Ghana and Nigeria.

Policy, Popular Culture and Personal Experiences - Searching for a Structure of Feeling Relating to Parenting.

Revisiting Community Policing in Ukraine: Lessons for Police Reform.

Negotiating Disempowerment: Social support and coping in women's prisons.

School Choice and Constructing the Active Citizen: Representations and negotiations of active, responsible parenting.

Problem-Solving and Partnership: A study of the role of Neighbourhood Action Groups in neighbourhood policing.

Spectacular Political Experiments: The constitution, mediation and performance of public participation.

A Home of Their Own: A case study of an ethnically diverse community placement of people seeking asylum.

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